The journalist Mel Tobias discusses, Philippine arts, the local community, and the upcoming stage reading of A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino, which he directs, as part of the Philippine Cultural Celebration in Richmond 04 December 2012 at the Gateway Theatre, with Joseph Planta.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at TheCommentary.ca.
On Tuesday, 04 December 2012 at the Gateway Theatre’s Studio B in Richmond, the Anyone Can Act Theatre is staging a reading of the Filipino author and playwright Nick Joaquin’s A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino. It is a play that’s taught in English speaking schools in the Philippines, and considered the most important Filipino play in English. The reading is the finale to the Philippine Cultural Celebration in Richmond that’s being put on by the Richmond Public Library, the Gateway Theatre and the Philippine Consulate here in Vancouver. The opening event is Saturday, 01 December 2012 at the Richmond Public Library’s Brighouse (Main) Branch. I’ll be participating in the event, co-hosting with Mariton Pacheco an interview with the author Miguel Syjuco. Syjuco, the author of Illustrado, will discuss his novel, and there’ll be musical and dance performances that day, a preview of this stage reading, as well as art installations. Joining me now is Mel Tobias, a veteran journalist and broadcaster, who is directing the stage reading. He is the executive editor of the Filipino Canadian magazine, Living Today, and is a regular contributor to the Philippine Star broadsheet in the Philippines. We’ll talk about the work, Nick Joaquin, and more. The event on Saturday, 01 December 2012 is free, while tickets to the stage reading at the Gateway Theatre on Tuesday, 04 December 2012 are $30.00. They’re available from the Gateway’s box office 604 270 1812, online at www.GatewayTheatre.com, or at Again (Nostalgia Boutique) at 1868 West Broadway. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Mel Tobias; Mr. Tobias, good morning.